The Washington Times - July 14, 2009, 11:12PM

Some of you may have noticed the odd starting time for the Mystics’ game against the Silver Stars tomorrow (11:30 a.m). That’s because its the annual “Camp Day” game.

Thousands of area campers will storm Verizon Center, each group clad in different colored t-shirts. It’s fun to look up at the crowd around tipoff time and see the virtual crayon box.

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For the players, it’s a completely different experience than a regular game. The children create a much different atmosphere than a typical crowd of mainly adults…much louder and wilder, especially since they will be equipped with toy rattles tomorrow.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“It’s exciting for the kids,” coach Julie Plank said. “I don’t know if they know what they’re cheering for, but they’re loud and just being in Verizon Center with a good crowd helps us. I’m sure it’ll be loud with the rattles and we’ll have to use some hand signals, but that’s a good problem to have.”

As for the early start?

“Usually we practice around that time so our bodies will be awake and ready to go,” forward Monique Currie said. “But you always gotta prepare yourself for all those kids. They’ll be screaming, it’ll be loud, but we always like playing in front of the kids.”